SAT Sentence Completion Practice Question 103: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 103

12. Although the bystander's account of the car accident at first seemed -------, the police officer was surprised, on further investigation, to find that it was -------.

A. dubious . . erroneous
B. incongruous . . inconsistent
C. implausible . . correct
D. logical . . pertinent
E. probable . . coherent

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

Explanation for Correct Answer C :

Choice (C) is correct. "Implausible" means hard to believe. "Correct" means accurate. If one were to insert these words into the text, the sentence would read "Although the bystander's account of the car accident at first seemed implausible, the police officer was surprised, on further investigation, to find that it was correct." The word "although" signals that the first missing term will contrast with the second missing term. The police officer would be surprised if a story that at first seemed hard to believe later proved to be correct.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

Choice (A) is incorrect. "Dubious" means doubtful. "Erroneous" means full of error. If one were to insert these words into the text, the sentence would read "Although the bystander's account of the car accident at first seemed dubious, the police officer was surprised, on further investigation, to find that it was erroneous." The officer would hardly have been surprised had a doubtful account turned out to be full of errors. The sentence is illogical because the contrast signaled by the word "although" does not occur.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

Choice (B) is incorrect. "Incongruous" means illogical. "Inconsistent" means contradictory. If one were to insert these words into the text, the sentence would read "Although the bystander's account of the car accident at first seemed incongruous, the police officer was surprised, on further investigation, to find that it was inconsistent." The police officer would not be surprised if a story that at first seemed illogical later proved to be contradictory. The contrast signaled by the word "although" does not occur, and, as a result, the sentence does not make sense.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer D :

Choice (D) is incorrect. "Logical" means rational or making sense. "Pertinent" means relevant. If one were to insert these words into the text, the sentence would read "Although the bystander's account of the car accident at first seemed logical, the police officer was surprised, on further investigation, to find that it was pertinent." The sentence does not make sense because there is no connection between a story being rational and a story being relevant.

Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

Choice (E) is incorrect. "Probable" means likely. "Coherent" means logical. If one were to insert these words into the text, the sentence would read "Although the bystander's account of the car accident at first seemed probable, the police officer was surprised, on further investigation, to find that it was coherent." The police officer would not be surprised if a story that at first seemed likely later proved to be logical. The sentence is illogical because the contrast signaled by the word "although" does not occur.

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